m43 Underwater

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cata13nci
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m43 Underwater
Aug 5, 2011

I'm starting this thread for the members that use their m43 cameras underwater. I whant to know your opinions about this system in this situation. So you are welcome to post pictures and underwater equipment reviews.

I use the GF1 + 8mm fisheye in a 10Bar housing and two Inon S2000 strobes.
Here are a few shots from Raja Ampat - feb 2011

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In reply to cata13nci, Aug 5, 2011

Wow, these are amazing! Great work!

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In reply to cata13nci, Aug 5, 2011

These are just magnificent! Have you had much experience in underwater photography previously? How do you find the m43 kit compared to previous cameras / setups?

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In reply to Julian_K, Aug 5, 2011

great photos indeed. i am going to Raja Ampat next february

for myself - i am using the E-PL2 in the Oly housing, mostly with the PL 45mm for Makro (in a Zen Port) and the 9-18mm in a Inon Dome together with Inon strobes and i am quite happy with it.

yes, it's great cam for underwater, light, compact, affordable, and with good quality. Some week point are in my opinion: autofocus is rather on the slow side and sometimes unprecise especially with the PL 45mm, Camera is not that responsive.

here are some examples shots from Komodo, Indonesia, this June.

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A delight to view. thanks for posting.

Peter in Canada

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In reply to cata13nci, Aug 5, 2011

My history:
I started to shoot UW pictures with Nikonos II film camera.
My first digital camera was Canon S300 with the Canon housing with 2 MP sensor.
It works even now, but no much use.

The next was Canon S1 IS also with Canon housing and now I have 2 of them and use them on land for making 3D pictures.

After the Canons was the Sea&Sea 1G (Ricoh GX100) and for the first time I brought a strobe:
Sea&Sea YS27DH. The strobe added much to the quality of my pictures.

I decide to upgrade my photographic gear from Olympus E500 to E-PL2 and I brought also the UW Olympus housing PT-EP03.

I think that my UW pictures are now sharper and more colorful. I use the 9-18 and kit lens 14-42 underwater and also the Sea&Sea strobe.

A few days ago I published 14 pictures taken the weekend underwater. They are in my galleries.
I uploaded other pictures now for not boring too much the thread participants.
I love your pictures very much.

I will be happy to see more underwater threads on this forum

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In reply to cata13nci, Aug 5, 2011

Really nice images, all are good, but I like the fourth one

Thanks for showing

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I don't have any previous experience in underwater photography and this is my first underwater photo system. The photos I've posted are my first.

The only thing I don't like about the m43 system in underwater use is that is not so good (as an asp-c) for siluete shots and sun rays.

Great photos everybody.....let's see some more!

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In reply to orlando73, Aug 6, 2011

Wow, they look amazing!

Love your guys work, please post here more often.

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In reply to Bizzarrini, Aug 6, 2011

Great photos!

How do you synch the strobes and the camera? I currently have a GF1 and a 10 BAR housing. So far, with optical cables, I can only synch on STTL but never on manual mode on my Inon Z240s. Have you found a way to synch them in manual mode? STTL is great for macro but I need manual mode for wide-angle shots.

I've also tried electronic synch cables as well but the pre-flash always throws off the main flash so I never get the right exposure. The flash of the GF1 only has TTL mode and no manual mode. Do you have any recommended strobe/camera settings?

Finally, do you know if there's a way to get around the 1/160th max flash synch speed? I tried disabling the TTL pins on the camera but it didn't work. It would be nice to have much faster shutter speeds so i can get black backgrounds.

Thanks in advance for your help. Happy Shooting!

Best fishes,

Mike

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I've never used the strobes in manual. I'm satisfied with the sttl performance for wide-angle but i'm very disapointed with the flash sync limitation of 1/160 because I would need at least 1/320 to get black bg (as you said) and there is no way to bypass that. I only have optical sync cables. If you find a way please post it here.

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Is someone here who has the GH2 and the nauticam housing? How good is the nauticam gear(housing & ports)?

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In reply to cata13nci, Aug 7, 2011

I'm still looking for the synch speed solution. I'll update you if I find a way to get around it.

Thanks again and happy shooting!

Best fishes,

Mike

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Good luck!!
happy shooting & best fishes to you too!

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no other m43 underwater users here????

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Great series!!! Looked like a fun time.

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ufff, after those awesome photos, I think we are embarrassed to show ours - at least I am !!!

cata13nci wrote:

no other m43 underwater users here????

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In reply to cata13nci, Aug 12, 2011

Amazing images! I haven't been giving enough credit for the system as for making it and underwater tool and never looked for options to get me there. Could any of you post a photo or two about the system when it's all ready to go... that would be nice.

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In reply to neekoh_dp, Aug 12, 2011

Strobe sync to 1/2000 is possible with the Olympus range using Olympus RC mode and an Olympus strobe.

I use the E-pl1 in the PT-ep01 housing with strobe UFL-2 and it does sync to 1/2000. I don't know if its possible with Panasonic

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In reply to cata13nci, Aug 12, 2011

Hi folks. I've been shooting underwater since the film days, and had a nikon n90s film slr in an ikelite housing. Worked great, but heavy and huge for travel!

It's been killing me to screw around with compact cameras underwater, as the autofocus and over all shutter lag are the most important thing, for bringing back the shot, without too much frustration. The canon g series was terrible in this regard, and I ended up using sony and pany cams underwater, which worked out pretty well.

You can see some results at my photo sharing sites, in my sig.

Now this m43 has me really excited. The pany cameras clearly have better AF even than the ep3, in dim light or low contrast. There are several manufacturers for uw housings making a house for the gh2. But the price of the cam is higher than a canon t2i, and the canons have better cheaper UW housings, and cheaper, better lenses. Just bigger and heaver. And no useable live view for stills.

I'd buy a g3 in an instant but no one is making a housing for it. The gf series has gone off in the wrong direction, after the start, but I am very excited about the rumored gf7, and I'm quite hopeful 10 bar will make a housing for it, as they have done for all the gf series so far..

The nauticam housings are excellent, but frickin' expensive. The 10 bar are much more reasonable price, and perfectly adequate. Alas, ikelite has decided not to support micro 4/3 so far.

There are a bunch of reviews, photos and kind, helpful folks on the forums at wetpixel.com, so come on over and look around there. You'll get lots more answers to your questions!
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